Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- In which study programs can you participate in Sankt Georgen?
- Are the study programs accredited?
- For which professions do the study programs offered at Sankt Georgen prepare students?
- How long does the Magister study course take and how is it structured?
- What are the main focuses of the Magister's program at Sankt Georgen?
- Is it possible to choose a personal focus already during the Magister's program?
- What are the requirements to enroll at Sankt Georgen?
- Are there any admission restrictions?
- How high are the tuition fees?
- What are the requirements with regard to ancient languages?
- How does the enrollment process work?
- What is the procedure for the recognition of academic achievements that have already been achieved elsewhere?
- What should one bear in mind when considering entering the ministry of the Church?
- What other offers are there in Sankt Georgen besides studies?
- Can the College help me to find a room?
- Is there an information event for prospective students?
- Where can I get further information?
In which study programs can you participate in Sankt Georgen?
The subjects offered at the Sankt Georgen College of Philosophy and Theology are philosophy and theology. The degrees that can be acquired in theology are the title "Magister theologiae" or "Magistra theologie" (Mag. theol.), i.e. the "theological full study", the licentiate (Lic. theol.) and the doctorate (Dr. theol.). There is also the possibility of the habilitation (Dr. theol. habil.).
Sankt Georgen is an ecclesiastically and state-recognized scientific College; all the above-mentioned degrees in philosophy and theology are valid in both the ecclesiastical and state legal fields.
In the field of postgraduate studies the College offers the possibility of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). This degree is state-recognized, but has no effect in the field of ecclesiastical law.
In addition to the courses geared to these degrees, there are a number of supplementary study programs, each of which can be completed with its own certificate.
Are the study programs accredited?
The Magister's program in Catholic Theology and the Bachelor's program in Philosophy were accredited on 15 September 2016 by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Canonical Programs of Studies e. V. (AKAST).
For which professions do the study courses offered at Sankt Georgen prepare students?
The Magister's degree in Catholic Theology, the theological full course of study, is the normal prerequisite for becoming a priest or pastoral referent.
However, a large part of those who study theology at Sankt Georgen do not aspire to one of these ecclesiastical professions. More detailed information about the career opportunities for theologians can be found, for example, in the online edition of the Studienführer Theologie.
Teacher training courses are not offered in Sankt Georgen. Please refer to the offer of the Goethe University.
How long does the Magister's degree in theology take, and how is it structured?
The standard period of study is ten semesters. In accordance with the guidelines of the German Bishops' Conference, the Magister's degree in Theology is made up of 24 modules. The modules of the 1st year contain a theological foundation, those of the 2nd and 3rd years offer a thematic and interdisciplinary foundation, those of the 4th and 5th year serve to deepen the knowledge.
Students are advised to study for a year elsewhere during the five-year course of study, either at another Catholic theological faculty in Germany or abroad ("external semester", sometimes also called "free semester"). Typically, you will write your Magister's thesis in the 9th semester and prepare for the final examination in the 10th semester.
What is the main focus of the Magister's degree in theology at Sankt Georgen?
Compared to other Catholic theological faculties, Sankt Georgen places a higher emphasis on philosophy and systematic theology.
Is it possible to choose a personal focus already in the Magister's degree in Theology?
First and foremost, each student chooses a focus for their studies by choosing a topic for the Magister's thesis in consultation with a professor or lecturer.
In addition, the supplementary study programs offered at Sankt Georgen (Islam and Christian-Muslim encounters [Islam und christlich-muslimische Begegnung], media and public communications [Medien und öffentliche Kommunikation]) offer good conditions for setting a focus.
A main focus of the studies can also be accompanied by the collaboration in one of the five institutes of the College (Hugo von Sankt Viktor Institute, Institute for Philosophy, Institute for Pastoral Psychology and Spirituality, Oswald von Nell-Breuning Institute, Institute for World Church and Mission, Alois-Kardinal-Grillmeier-Institute).
Which requirements do I have to meet in order to enroll at Sankt Georgen?
There is no application or admission procedure at Sankt Georgen.
In order to enroll as a regular student (i.e. to be able to obtain a degree), you need the College entrance qualification according to the Hessian College Law. This is typically acquired by the Abitur. However, there are also other ways to obtain the College entrance qualification; you can find more detailed information on the Goethe University website. Please note that the degree "Fachhochschulreife" does not entitle you to enroll in the Magister's program in Catholic Theology.
In order to take up a licentiate or doctorate course, the academic degree "Magister/Magistra theologiae" or the diploma in Catholic theology or an equivalent examination, as well as the necessary knowledge of ancient languages, must be proved when enrolling. Students who wish to enroll for a licentiate or doctoral program and who are not able to provide all of these documents at the time of enrollment may first enroll for a complementary program.
As a rule, enrollment for one of the courses of study in theology requires membership of the Catholic Church. In justified cases and with the approval of the Rector, the enrollment of students who are not catholic is also permitted.
Foreign applicants must prove that they have the necessary knowledge of German for enrollment. Further information for international applicants can be found here.
Are there any restrictions on admission?
There are no restrictions for all other courses.
How much are the tuition fees?
Please take a look at the fee schedule for this question.
What are the requirements with regard to the ancient languages?
a) Magister's degree in Theology
For the Magister's program, the required language skills in Latin, Greek and Hebrew must be proven. Knowledge of Greek and Hebrew is a prerequisite for taking module examinations from the 2nd year of study onwards, which include biblical subjects. Knowledge of Latin is a prerequisite for taking module examinations in the second part of the program (from the 7th semester onwards).
In Latin and Greek, either a state Latinum or Graecum or the passing of the Latin or Greek examination held in Sankt Georgen must be proven. The extent of the required knowledge of Hebrew depends on whether one has already acquired the knowledge of Latin and Greek during school time or not: If one has already acquired it during school time, the Hebraicum is required; otherwise a one-semester introductory course in the Hebrew language is sufficient.
For all three ancient languages, language courses are offered in Sankt Georgen during the semester.
In order not to be overly busy with language studies in the first years of study, it is recommended to acquire at least some of the necessary language skills before enrollment. One possibility for this are the intensive courses in Latin, Greek and Greek for advanced students offered at Sankt Georgen every year in August / September. There is also the possibility to acquire the necessary language skills in Latin, Greek and Hebrew at the Ambrosianum in Tübingen and at the Felixianum in Trier before studying in Sankt Georgen.
b) Licentiate and doctorate
Admission to postgraduate studies (licentiate or doctorate) requires the Latinum and Graecum. During the doctoral studies the Hebraicum must be acquired - if this has not already been done before. (An "Introduction to the Hebrew Language" or "Introduction to Semitic Thought" located below the Hebraicum is not sufficient for the doctorate - regardless of the subject of the doctorate).
How does the registration process work?
Enrollment (matriculation) requires a personal visit to the Student secretariat on one of the scheduled dates. There are deadlines for enrollment at the end of the previous semester (in February and July) and shortly before the start of the semester (in April and October). You can find the exact dates for enrollment here. If it is not possible for you to keep the scheduled dates, please discuss the possibility of enrolling with the Student secretariat.
Before visiting the Student Secretariat, you must fill in the enrollment application online and, if possible, print it out and sign it.
In addition, the other documents required for enrollment must be submitted and the fees listed in the fee schedule must be paid. The semester ticket for the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) area accounts for a large part of the fees to be paid.
What is the procedure for the recognition of academic achievements that have already been achieved elsewhere?
The recognition of previous academic achievements is possible if these achievements are proven by certificates (which usually have to be graded). The responsibility for such recognition can be found in the section “Recognition of Academic Achievements”. You can find out in advance which of your achievements can be recognized. After the enrollment in Sankt Georgen, the formal recognition can then take place.
What should one pay attention to in one's studies when thinking of entering the service of the Church?
Students who are considering entering the service of the Church, especially as priests or Pastoralreferenten, should contact their diocese, for example through the diocesan office responsible for "Vocations of the Church".
It is recommended to get in contact with the diocese at an early stage, preferably even before the beginning of the course of study, especially because the dioceses require in their respective training regulations further training elements (e.g. internships) in addition to the Magister's degree course.
For students who are thinking of becoming Pastoralreferent, the dioceses of Hamburg, Limburg and Osnabrück have established a program of "Spiritual Education" in Sankt Georgen in addition to the actual studies. Participation in this program is also open to other interested students.
What other offers are there in Sankt Georgen besides the studies?
- A spiritual center of the week for many students and teachers is the "Sankt Georgener Messe", which is celebrated on Wednesdays at 11.30 am.
- Further services are celebrated in the context of the seminary and the spiritual education.
- There is also the possibility to choose a personal spiritual guide.
- Once a week the Sankt Georgen choir meets.
- From time to time a small orchestra is assembled.
- You can get an impression of the many other events in Sankt Georgen by going through the list of events on the Sankt Georgen website.
Can the College help me find a place to stay?
Those who are accepted by a diocese or religious congregation as candidates for priesthood can live in the building of the seminary. There are also a number of rooms for priests who come to Sankt Georgen for postgraduate studies.
For other students, the AStA (General Students' Committee) can help to find a place to live in some cases.
Information about student residences in Frankfurt can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk Frankfurt.
Is there an information event for prospective students?
Every year at the end of January there is an information day for school students. See: A day at Sankt Georgen. It is also possible to participate in courses on a trial basis (e.g. for one day). If you are interested, please contact the student advisory service.
Where can I get more information?
You can find a lot of information about studying in Sankt Georgen on our homepage, e.g. the course catalogue and the study regulations.
For further questions please contact us:
- with regard to enrollment: the student secretariat
- with regard to study regulations and the course of studies: the student advisory service
- for special questions from foreign applicants (e.g. visa, scholarships, Erasmus): the College secretary (Ms Petra Muth)
- with regard to the recognition of previous academic achievements: the director of postgraduate studies/the directors of study programs